Our (little) furball has been using this Igloo Cat Litter Box for weeks now, sure I mean he is the one using it but I think a review from the human who scoops his litter thrice a day might be more fitting. My kitten has a funny relationship with his litter box (more on this soon). He would probably rate it five stars just so no one’s feeling is hurt, that’s why we know it’s ultra important that the litter box makes all of us happy. All. Of. Us.
Noah isn’t our first pet. When we first got married and was living with my mother-in-law, we adopted a stray kitten, Ginni (6 year old now). Ginni still lives with her because I honestly didn’t like the idea of separating her from a place and people that she knows so well and grew attached to for the past 6 years.
I’ve heard about kitten scared of hooded box and refused to even go in which was why we never introduce Ginni to a hooded box, we never felt the need to anyway.
There are some reasons one would prefers a hooded box, either the cat chooses it or the litter box is in your living area (seeing how “how to hide litter box in living room” is quite a popular search).
If you would like your cat to use a hooded box, I personally believe it’s always good to start young.
Noah has a lot more fur now as compared to his 5 month old self because he lost some of his fur to skin parasite when he was younger and it took some time for them to grow back all healthy and soft, the latter were told to us by our vet. :)
Review for his current cat tree coming up on the blog, stay tuned! :)
Noah didn’t start with a hooded box too, that was until he started playing with his litter. He would try to “explode” his litter box by jumping in and out so that some litter are scattered on the floor. He would roll a single kitty litter across the floor and then stop it with his paw sometimes putting it in his mouth and spit out again.
And yes, he used to eat kitty litter when he was suffering from skin parasite. Thankfully he did not ingest a lot of it and we uses kitty litter made from recycled paper.
We have informed our vet of this strange habit of his (apparently not very uncommon for curious kitten to ingest inedible items) and she assured us that it wasn’t too bad because it was paper.
Putting the hood over the litter box (the box comes with the hood anyway) reduced this undesirable behavior by 50% (I am able to monitor during the day as I work from home but I cannot stop this behavior at night when we sleeps, the solution is to use a box that reduces this problem).
After switching to the Igloo, he would go inside his Igloo litter box when he wants attention from us to his litter and because he can no longer explode or scatter the litter, he uses his paw to put one litter in his mouth and carry it out to the living room. He then jump on his favorite leather pouf and spit it out in front of us (he would also carry his toy this way to place it on the pouf).
We figured out that this is his own way of telling us to clean his litter box (most of the time he had just pooped, sometimes he had just peed). He would do this immediately after using the box, the behavior stops when one of us goes to clean his box.
Funny I know, we scoop his box at least thrice a day and always scoop up his poop right away when we know he has just did number two (we know how often he uses his litter box and we are a bit of a clean freak ourselves).
You might need more litter to fill up the box (we like it around 2 inches deep because Noah is a frantic digger, he likes to make a tiny hill after he’s done ;) and he can’t do this with too little litter and what he would do instead is digging INTO his poop to TRY and make a hill, NOT IDEAL.
Long-haired cat might prefer lesser litter, frankly to me it really depends on individual cat. I feel that we’re lucky because our kitten dictates to us what type of box suits him best.
// Hood (lid) doesn’t move around as it rests on the floor and held in place by gravity, easy to lift and cover (no need to click to lock, no need to worry about wear and tear or forgetting to lock) //
// Provides privacy AND security—the cat body is concealed but he can still look out from the box //
// Less tracking and reduces kitten play behavior associate with litter box //
// Beautiful design and litter cannot been seen unless cover is removed //
// Might take up a bit of space //
// Price //
Noah started using the new box right away. I mean I did used a ball (with a bell inside) to entice him to check out his new box and after he realized the box is harmless he used it right away. One, he was already using a hooded box. Two, we did not change his litter. Three, we did not change the location of the litter box.
We have a dedicated kitten room with a glass door and the litter box in a nook but we do not have enough space for a second Igloo side by side (unless we move them to a longer wall).
If you intend to have multiple Igloos in your home, they will eventually take up quite a bit of space, but if your kitten is a large cat breed, she will eventually need a bigger litter box (for small kitten, I would suggest using the Igloo without the hood until she uses it with no problem).
The price can be an issue to some but other similar type of litter box (hooded, eliminate tracking) are also priced around this range. To conclude, I will buy a second Igloo box if it suits my second cat or a similar type of box as well designed as this at this price range.
All words and images by me. This is not a paid or sponsored post.